Making most of disused public-owned buildings

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Facilities management experts from across the public sector have met in Sheffield to discuss how to prevent empty and obsolete publicly-owned buildings from becoming an eyesore.

Conference organiser, Fides Matzdorf, senior research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Facilities Management Development, said: “Disused buildings are an increasingly common sight in large cities.

“With the lack of public money available, it’s important that organisations can find creative, innovative ways to adapt and use these buildings.”

Representatives from the country’s police forces, fire and rescue services, local authorities, NHS trusts and government departments attended the conference, which covered issues such as the sensitive refurbishment and “re-purposing” of historic buildings.